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The NMG Awards 2019

Gaffa Tape Sandy and Riviera were the big winners at this year’s NMG Awards held once again at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

Bury St Edmunds-based trio Gaffa Tape Sandy deservedly walked away with the Breakout award, after a year which has seen them support Skeggs, Indoor Pets, play festivals abroad and release their second EP to much acclaim.

Winners of the 18 and Under band category Riviera were inducted into the NMG Hall of Fame alongside acts like 4th Labyrinth, who earlier brought the house down with two great tracks, Sages of the Subway and Camisayo.

Former winners Hollowstar and Ellie Dixon wowed the crowd with two flawless performances, sandwiched inbetween award wins for GABBY in the 18 and Under Solo category, The Glitter Shop for Alternative and Among The Citizens for Indie.

In the public votes, The Hunter Club walked away with the Best Small Venue award, whilst Silence and Company won the inaugural Track of 2019 trophy. Jake Day picked up the Best Producer gong, and the Audience Choice winners for 2019 were once again Pink Lemonade.

Young prospects Among The Citizens and Riviera also played live sets which went down really well in the venue. Upcoming band Salvador won the Breakthrough award after recently supporting Ed Sheeran at Chantry Park.

The Extons picked up the Best Rock award literally from the floor, after their trophy was dropped moments before announcing the winner, alongside Amethysts who appeared via video-link to accept the Electronic and Urban award.

The Male and Female Solo winners were first time winners Dan Bond and Sophie Winter, also the Folk, Country and Roots winners being Elizabeth & Jameson.

The night closed with a trademark performance from Gaffa Tape Sandy who formed possibly the first ever mosh pit at an awards night. 

Thanks to Tim Willett for an awesome evening celebrating the local scene.

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Gaffa Tape Sandy @ The Hunter Club

An evening of great rock music at The Hunter Club was rounded off with a blockbuster set from Gaffa Tape Sandy.

Bad Stone opened the night with their expansive progressive rock sounds, entertaining an already large crowd. Their extraordinarily loud guitar riffs reverberated around the room treating everyone to tracks like Magic Caravan. A great way to start the night.

Psych-punk newcomers Egyptian Blue’s set was easily one of the best we’ve seen for a while. Their instantly memorable collection of hits like the NME-endorsed To Be Felt and the inspiring Cut Me A Hole won over a lot of people on the night. These guys are definitely a band you need to watch out for, because we’re tipping them for big things!

Having released their debut album Husk a matter of week ago, the loveable Goldblume trio’s whistle-stop tour of the county arrived at The Hunter Club with a performance full of uptempo classics like Husk and Razor, and more reflective tracks including Alice. The band’s tight-knit set proved why they are so well-liked around the East of England.

Another band who released their debut album recently were Fightmilk who owned the stage with their fun-filled pop punk back catalogue. Though the lead singer admitted to having a “very very bad sore throat”, the band were not phased by it at at all and wowed the packed crowd. The foursome played many tracks from their debut album Not With That Attitude including Four Star Hotel and How You Move On.

With the venue completely sold out, Gaffa Tape Sandy steamrolled onto the stage pounding out crowd favourites Water Bottle and Pink Neck/Train Wreck before treating the partisan crowd to a few new tracks, notably the awesome Turnstile which has been a staple at all of their recent live shows. 

Tracks like Transylvania and Manager meant that the moshing and crowd surfing ensued before a rare live outing for the track Collarbones calmed down proceedings.

Latest single Meat Head and traditional set closer Beehive rounded off a memorable night for the trio. Having just returned from Iceland Airwaves and with a huge 2019 ahead of them, seeing Gaffa Tape Sandy in venues as small as this could be a rarity in the future

TMB42 PRESENTS: TUNDRA, THE BASKERVILLES, SUNLIGHT FOR HONEY, LIMITED TIME. 7TH DECEMBER. 7PM. £5

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KYANOS @ The Hunter Club

A first hometown headline show from KYANOS rounded off another awesome Washing Machine night at The Hunter Club on Saturday (3rd November).

The first band of the night were the Ipswich-based Groff, who brought their fun indie pop-like sound to the Hunter Club stage for the first time. Their tracks like the upbeat Beaches kicked off the night well. More gigs together will see Groff blossom into a powerful indie outfit.

Loved across the region especially in their hometown of Cambridge, Lemondaze smashed their set with their unique shoegaze-grunge sound which reverberated around the room. Their passion for the music really shone through with their intense guitar-driven instrumentals and powerful inimitable vocals.

The Catch were on their usual top form with a rock-heavy set full of their best tracks and songs from their new How It Seems EP. The trio are one of the best live acts in the region and this showed with their polished set which featured hits like Sort It Out and Vexed. The set ended with the high-tempo thrasher Tie Dye leaving the whole room wanting more.

Having only formed late last year, The Glitter Shop returned to the Hunter Club stage with their sleek grunge-pop. Their live performances are energetic and powerful which really connects with any crowd they play to. Throughout their short set, the crowd sang back every word of their tracks like debut single Fizz and the anthemic Moon. More tracks are being written and released, keep an eye out in 2019!

The time had come for KYANOS to grace the stage for the first time as headliners. The psych-groove foursome had the room in the palm of their hands, throwing out Hawaiian leis for all and making everyone dance along to their flawless tracks. Though their setlist remained largely the same as previous sets this year, the band were on top form throughout with their incredibly tight instrumentals and great performances of tracks like Thunder In JapanSunrise and Dopamine. This set rounds off an awesome year for group after acclaim from NME and winning the BurySOUND Rising Star award.

The next Washing Machine is on SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBERHeadliners GAFFA TAPE SANDY are joined by FIGHTMILK, GOLDBLUME, EGYPTIAN BLUE and BAD STONE! 6pm kick off as always, £5 entry!

7TH DECEMBER: TUNDRA, THE BASKERVILLES, SUNLIGHT FOR HONEY AND LIMITED TIME. THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB BURY ST EDMUNDS. 7PM. £5.

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DRUIDS @ The Hunter Club (20/10)

Intergalactic duo DRUIDS brought the house down with a triumphant headlining set at October’s edition of Washing Machine.

The hotly-tipped Among The Citizens opened the night in front of an eager crowd, playing tracks from their extraordinary EP Pretend To Be In Love, whilst also playing a selection of their singles like the upbeat belter Words Mean Nothing. The band’s tight instrumentals coupled with the inch-perfect lead vocals made this set the perfect way to start the night. Expect more local gigs from these lads.

The instantly likeable Interesting Times Gang were next up. Fresh from the studio where they’ve been recording more sci-fi anthems, the band were on top form with Killer Scientist and Wayward Navigator sounding even more punchy and even more awesome. Their set closer Kill The Red Octopus, written in a bath tub in Australia, was brim with fabulous harmonies and catchy synth rhythms.

This gig was to be Kelodown vocalist Jasmine Canham’s last with the group, and the band really put on a show to what was a large and excitable crowd. The fivesome’s energy and insanely brilliant guitar riffs went down a treat on tracks like Electric Mountain Blues and traditional set closer Occupational Hazard, which resulted in a moshpit from their adoring fans. 2019 looks to be a big year for the band.

Fast becoming favourites on the local scene, the likeable trio of Blue Mean Eyes get better and better with each performance. The band teased new music at the end of November in the shape of an album, but this set was primarily focused on their older material. Escapade is a track that I can hear live over and over again, the vocals are just brilliant each time and the instrumentals are so euphoric. See these live whenever you can!

DRUIDS closed the night with their intergalactic brand of rock and roll. Their album-spanning setlist saw favourites like Stuart Slater Alligator and Time played to an engrossed crowd. The duo’s onstage chemistry is the perfect respite in-between tracks, before they launch into their harder tracks like Mission and Reflections. DRUIDS were celebrating the release of new track and music video Journey To The Centre Of The Earth which is available to watch on YouTube NOW!

The next Washing Machine is SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER with a headline slot from KYANOS and support from THE GLITTER SHOP, THE CATCH, LEMONDAZE and GROFF! Doors at 6pm!

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The NMG Awards 2018

Cambridgeshire rockers Hollowstar were the big winners of this year’s NMG Awards held for the first time at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

The four-piece rockers from St Ives walked away with the Breakout and Rock awards, following on from an epic year of radio play and extensive live dates with a UK tour on the horizon.

The night kicked off with a memorable performance from newly-reformed band The Extons excellently clad in The Wizard of Oz costumes, followed by Deep City who premiered their soon-to-be released new single, folk duo Elizabeth & Jameson and heavy rock favourites False Hearts.

Fred’s House and Ellie Dixon both regained their awards from the year previous, winning in the Acoustic, Folk, Country category and Female Solo category respectively, whilst The Portland Arms won the Best Small Venue award once again.

As well as the Best Small Venue award, the public decided who won three other awards. The Audience Choice award went to new pop-punk trio Pink Lemonade, with North Acre Studios picking up Best Studio. Lauren Deakin-Davies picked up her first award of the night winning Best Producer.

In hotly-contested categories, Ffion Rebecca picked up the 18 & Under award, whilst Anthony Rubery walked away with the Male Solo award. Cambridge band Shyer not only won the Indie award, they were also inducted into the NMG Hall of Fame alongside Lunar Echoes and Saving Scarlett.

More live new music followed with stellar performances from dynamic indie group LUXURY and new solo sensations Ffion Rebecca and Gabby Rivers.

Local favourites Amethysts and Me & The Moon won their Electronic & Experimental and Pop categories respectively, whilst four-piece group Saltfen took home the Alternative award.

The last award of the evening was the Breakthrough award which was awarded for the first time ever to two recipients: Peterborough’s fast-rising indie stars Among The Citizens and art-pop soloist DIDI (who earlier won the Best Producer award).

Closing the night was 2016’s Male Solo winner Oscar Corney who got everyone off their seats with his gritty indie sounds.

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August’s 545 @ The Apex

The second instalment of this year’s 545 events at The Apex saw stellar sets from Golden Bantic, Kelodown, Saving Scarlett, Enterlude and headliner Tom Lumley.

Golden Bantic opened the night in front of a great crowd who really related to their infectious indie-pop tracks. Gecko and Pink were the standout tracks from an enjoyable setlist. Tonight was the first time they’d played Bury St Edmunds, and off the back of this performance and with increasing popularity in Cambridgeshire, we’ll definitely be seeing them again.

After owning the Apex stage in March, BurySOUND finalists Kelodown returned with another very confident hard rock performance full of energy and power. Alongside the usual crowd favourites Electric Mountain Blues and Carpet Burn were new tracks which will be released sometime soon. The band play The Hunter Club on 20th October, so get down and see them.

After the hard rock of Kelodown, Saving Scarlett kept the night rolling with their brand of rock tinged with hints of pop punk. The band released their debut album last year which is a really great piece of work, and tonight’s performance showcased their music to a new audience with By My Side and Wild Creatures really going down well with the strong crowd.

Since forming last year, Enterlude have gone from strength to strength and tonight’s performance proved why they are one of the most hotly-tipped bands around. Starting their set with Hurt Yourself, the band went on to play more of the indie-electro tunes from their debut self-titled EP like Ruins and Happy Being Miserable. Enterlude also premiered new music with Thinking Of You Too sounding so special on the big stage. British Dream closed their triumphant set, one of the best we’ve seen this year.

One of Cambridgeshire’s finest talents headlined the evening, and when Tom Lumley and his band get up on stage you know you’re going to get entertained. Lumley captivated the crowd from the off with his scintillating indie-rock. The set featured some of his older ‘soppy’ tracks from his Dream City EP like Running For Our Lives and Done My Time, but also showed off some of his newest tracks with Skyhigh and Crawling really proving that he’s left his singer-songwriter days behind him. Closing the set with one of our favourite tracks from 2017, Just Like The Light was a ferocious affair culminating in Lumley jumping the barrier and playing alongside an energetic crowd. An awesome set from a man who gets better and better.

The next 545 is on Friday 2nd November at 7pm headlined by CONNOR ADAMS, with support from LOST LUNGS, ALTER THE SKY, LUNAR ECHOES AND THE FIFTHS!

We are putting on our second gig on Friday 12th October at The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds headlined by WAR WAVES with support from THE ISLAS, BASEMENT STRIPPERS and more to be confirmed!

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Bury Fringe Festival 2018 Fundraiser gig review

A night of great variety performances culminated in a truly special headline set from funk legends Stretch Soul Gang.

The night kicked off with comedy, with four comedians all sharing the spotlight with their rib-busting humour, Bimi Adeyi was the pick of the bunch here though tonight showed that the comedy circuit in the area is one what is certainly up and coming.

Before the musical sets, the audience were wowed by the wonderful words of poet Joanna Hagan-Young. She certainly didn’t disappoint here, and her poem We All Came Together written about the Fringe, was without a doubt the highlight of her delightful set.

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Kicking off the musical side of proceedings was country soloist Lucy Grubb. In this year’s Fringe, Lucy deservedly won the Bury Songwriters Competition with the stunning 18 Miles, a track performed live with so much heart and passion. Other tracks played during her short set were from her 18 Miles-named debut EP. She truly is an artist to look out for, because she is definitely set for bigger things.

BurySOUND finalists Kelodown warmed the crowd up for the main event with their joyous brand of hard rock. Though the band are of a young age, they instantly interacted with the large audience and showed off their experienced stage presence with shredding riffs and extreme amounts of head banging. We’re still awaiting new music from the five-piece rockers, but as soon as we have news on that we’ll let you know!

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Stretch Soul Gang

It was well-documented that on Friday night I was meant to be attending the Craig David gig in Newmarket, but as soon as this event was announced I sold my tickets. Why you ask? Because Stretch Soul Gang are arguably the best live band in the region. The band played a similar set to the one at Homegrown a few months earlier, but as always the audience were up on their feet dancing away to their amazing original tracks like recent single Open Up Your Eyes and the sweet Poncho Villa. Upcoming single Ungrateful is a track that always goes down well, but as soon as they jive into Ain’t Got No Money that’s when you know you’re watching something truly truly special. New music is almost certainly on its way… see these lot when you can, they are epic.

Thanks to Jan Roberts for the use of his images in the article.

On SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST, we are holding our first gig night at The Constitutional Club with psych-rockers Sun Scream headlining, with support from BurySOUND winners Influx of Insanity, loud rock duo KULK and Cambridge’s hottest prospects God Hates Astronauts! Music starts from 7pm, £5 on the door!

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Bessie Turner @ The Hunter Club, BSE

A sublime headline set from Bessie Turner entertained a strong crowd at an extremely hot Hunter Club on Saturday evening.

New band on the scene Salvador opened up the evening with their chilled indie-rock sound, songs like Gum Disease and Slow Down really stood out and excitingly enough the band are heading into the studio to record an EP which will be out towards the end of the year. An impressive way to start the evening.

Another act making their Hunter Club debut was indie-pop newcomer James Cooper, who brought along a small legion of fans with him. Anoraks and Blue Eyes were the standout tracks here, though his cover of Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys showed off a more grittier side to his sound. His debut EP released last year was very strong, and it’ll be great to see what he can do in the future.

After sadly pulling out of the Fringe All-Dayer in May, we were VERY excited to see The Interesting Times Gang perform once again after their dazzling set here in January, and once again they proved why they are starting to grab people’s attention around the local scene. Their unique selection of tracks are ultimately catchy with the formidable Wayward Navigator and the intensely brilliant Enough Is Enough capturing the crowd’s imagination right from the start. ITG are definitely a band you need to see whenever you get the chance.

Enterlude burst on to the scene late last year, and ever since then have gone from strength to strength with stellar sets at their BurySOUND heat and at the Fringe All-Dayer, but tonight was a set to remember for sure.
The whole band were on it from the get-go, referencing England’s win over Sweden earlier on in the day asking if there was “anyone from Sweden here”, before launching into several new tracks like I’m Happy Being Miserable which will be on their debut EP which is set to be released towards the end of the year. 
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and British Dream sounded as brilliant as ever, with the latter most definitely our favourite song of 2018 so far. These lads have the potential to be a massive success on the local scene, and on tonight’s performance it could be sooner rather than later.

When it was announced last April that Bessie Turner was going to headline her first Washing Machine, we were instantly excited, mainly due to the fact that she has been one of the biggest success stories to come out of the region in years with extensive national radio-play and a truly magical EP release which has captured attention across the country. And as expected, she definitely didn’t disappoint.
Her set was largely based around her debut EP 22:22, opening with the soothing Casa and Big Sleep before exploding into life with cheeky excerpts about how football is coming home and her infatuation with the eyes of English defender John Stones.
The loveable crowd interaction made the gig feel even more intimate, with the bouncy-jazz of In My Room and several new tracks really connecting to the large crowd who instantly fell in love with the charming Turner.
Words You Say closed what was another brilliant night of music, but shows why in only a weeks time Bessie Turner is headlining the Introducing Stage at Latitude. Another accolade to add to an ever-growing list of achievements.

NEXT EVENT: Bury Fringe Fundraiser @ The Constitutional Club featuring STRETCH SOUL GANG, KELODOWN, LUCY GRUBB, SHADLEY HARRIS AND MORE! £5 entry with doors opening at 7pm. BE THERE.

The Music Blog 42 are proud to announce our first ever gig night at The Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 18th August.. Joining the line-up are BSE psych-rockers SUN SCREAM, BurySOUND 2018 winners INFLUX OF INSANITY and more to be announced very very soon! Details to be confirmed shortly.

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Riverwalk Fundraiser @ The Hunter Club

A headline set from Tundra topped off an incredible night of live music at The Hunter Club on Saturday (16th June) night.

Mouse-Drawn Cart opened the evening in front of a relatively strong crowd, mesmerising the audiences with their charming acoustic sounds, a perfect way to kick off what was to be a heavy evening. Another band who made their Hunter Club debut were Manic Blackout, a five-piece rock band who have links to Riverwalk School. Having previously been a covers band, the band played a full set of original tracks which sounded pretty awesome, a very confident performance from them.

Colchester’s PET NEEDS were up next with their punk sound, captivating the audience with their hilarious anecdotes of botched alcohol kegs and ‘hippie’ women at a Canterbury festival. They played tracks off of their two EP’s, notably the cracking Punk Isn’t Dead It’s Just Up For Sale and Dallas. This was the band’s third time playing in Bury St Edmunds, let’s hope they’ll be a fourth pretty quickly!

After a few months away from the Bury gig scene, KYANOS were back with a bang with their chilled psych-jazz in front of a now-packed room. The band are still teasing a release of a new EP which is so eagerly anticipated, and once again they played songs from it like Sunrise and Lost In Blue alongside usual favourites Thunder In Japan and So High.

Undoubtedly one of the most popular bands in the area are Thy Last Drop and their performance had the whole room dancing along to their unique brand of ‘carnival punk’, with scenes not seen like this since the last visit of Dingus Khan in February. 18 Witches and The Drop had everyone moving, accompanied by the band’s great showmanship and the notorious ‘Bearded Lady’ roaming around the room getting everyone in the spirit to dance.

Headliners Tundra are no strangers of playing big shows, having supported Marmozets a matter of months ago, and tonight proved why are they one of the most sought-after bands in the region. Having released their second EP Life’s A Beach a few weeks ago, their setlist largely centred around tracks from it like the pulsating Walking Stick and the Sudbury-referencing Get Lost.

Before closing the set with the god-like Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck), local legend Seymour Quigley, and guitarist Sam Allen, joined the trio in playing a special tribute to Riverwalk teacher James Brooke who sadly died in a skydiving accident weeks ago. A passionate performance of Deaf Havana’s Mildred followed which will definitely live long in the memory for all involved with the school and who went along on Saturday.

Saturday night saw Washing Machine raise over £1,000 for Riverwalk’s new Rebound Therapy programme, which was being co-ordianted by James Brooke. A fantastic achievement for all involved!

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June’s The Fiver @ Cambridge Junction

June’s edition of The Fiver saw a very strong line-up of six great local bands play at Cambridge Junction.

A band who are no strangers to the Junction stage are rock duo Influx of Insanity, having won the Cambridge Band Competition there a few months ago. Since seeing them for the first time in January it’s fair to say the boys have really grown in confidence and tonight proved it with a professional set and getting the crowd to interact during songs. At such a young age, Influx of Insanity are the most exciting band emerging out of Cambridge at the moment.

Making their Cambridge Junction debut were pop-punk trio ASBESTØS off the back of playing around the Cambridge gig circuit the past few months. They recently released their new EP Monochrome and their set featured many songs from it, including the short and sweet Futue te Ipsum and crowd pleaser Liar Liar. It’s great to hear a band that has such a retro 00’s pop-punk sound to them, it’s exciting to see what the next year holds for them.

One band who we always love seeing are The Catch, a band who really captivated the crowd during their set. The trio played a slightly varied set to what they played at Homegrown Festival a week ago with a new track and Vexed thrown in for good measure. The energy from the band was a joy to watch, especially in soon-to-be released track Hindsight and the raucous Tie Dye. It’s always great to see a band have fun up on stage, and with The Catch turning heads at every gig they play, it won’t be long until we see them headline their own show.

Another group who made their Junction debut were Bedford’s Basement Strippers who are slowly making a name for themselves locally with their energetic set. The band announced tonight that their new EP will be released in September, and on tonight’s showing we can’t wait to hear it. The set featured tracks from their 2017 EP The Exotic Show, with the title track and Standing At The Bridge putting smiles on everyone’s faces. As a live band, you won’t see many better than Basement Strippers this year.

If you’re a fan of full-bodied indie rock then you’ll love Tantris who whipped the crowd into a frenzy during their set. In their songs you can really distinguish their influences which range from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club, especially in tracks like Alcoholic and Radioactive Girl, whilst also playing new material. A really tight-knit performance from Tantris.

Another band that competed in the Cambridge Band Competition were electro-rock quartet Lunar Echoes. Although they played in front of a slightly smaller crowd, this didn’t stop them producing a great performance which included the Cambridge 105 NMG Chart-stormer Stockholm Syndrome and ace track Neon. The band have recently been in the studio recording some new tunes, so watch this space!